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9 Days for Life Unites Faithful in Prayer, Action around Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 6, 2015

WASHINGTON—A period of prayer, penance, and pilgrimage, January 17-25, 2015, will mark the anniversary of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion throughout pregnancy. The “9 Days for Life” novena encourages nationwide solidarity in prayer for daily intentions, including for couples experiencing infertility, those mourning the loss of a child through abortion, children in need of adoptive homes, and for an end to abortion and use of the death penalty. Resources for the novena are available in numerous ways, including an app.

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National Migration Week 2015 To Be Celebrated January 4-10

 December 31, 2014

Theme is “We Are One Family under God”; Migrants, refugees, victims of human trafficking “our spiritual brothers and sisters”; Resources and educational materials available online

WASHINGTON—National Migration Week 2015 will take place January 4–10 with the theme, "We are One Family under God.” The celebration of National Migration Week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the hardships faced by migrants, including children, refugees and victims of human trafficking.

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The Pastoral Needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the United States

USCCB Secretariat on Cultural Diversity in the Church To Assess the Pastoral Needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics in the United States

November 20, 2014

WASHINGTON—In the coming months, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Island Affairs and the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church will conduct a nationwide assessment of the pastoral needs of Asian and Pacific Island Catholics. Findings from this project will be used to formulate a broader National Pastoral Plan.

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2014-2015 Synods of Bishops on the Family

On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced that in October 2014 there would be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on topics related to the family and evangelization. Subsequent communications made clear that the Extraordinary General Assembly would be followed by an Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015, on the same topics.

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Catechetical Sunday September 21, 2014

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 21, 2014, and will focus on the theme "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith.

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